Today Pagan Planet is officially published. It’s one of the rites of passage in the life of a book – an easy one to spot. The conception of a book is generally harder to pin down. A ping moment in someone’s head – not even necessarily the author’s. Pagan Planet was originally the idea of Trevor Greenfield. Details of the conception remain mysterious! At some point, Trevor hit on the idea that a book based on the ideas of Being, Believing and Belonging in the 21st Century would be the next community book from Moon Books. He put this idea forth, and lots of people signed up.
Around the world, lots of writers sat down with that seed idea, and contemplated their own lives and experiences, and wrote something. One seed planting many others – not all of which made it to paper, no doubt. Who knows how many more never-written volumes there are of Pagan Planet, scattered through other people’s heads?
And then, because there was a lot going on at Moon Books, Trevor asked me if I could take over holding the book process together. I was delighted to step up. I spent a lot of time contacting contributors, and also approaching people who are activists and not habitual writers. For me, that whole issue of being, believing and belonging cannot be discussed at the moment without talking about activism – political activism, and personal eco-action. I managed to lure in some great people to talk about how they manifest their Paganism. Alongside this there are some fantastic articles about other forms of lived Paganism, that reflect all kinds of interesting shifts. The democratic coven being a fine case in point.
Paganism is no longer something we can do privately for our own personal gain. We need to live our faith, and we need to be seen and heard. Many voices, just the one planet.
Some of the money from this book will be going to support Pagan Aid – which is featured in the book.